Warren K. Zola
assistant dean - graduate programs
adjunct associate professor - business law, operations management
M.B.A., Boston College
J.D., Tulane University
B.A., Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Warren K. Zola is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs in the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. In this role since 2002, he serves as the Chief Operating Officer responsible for providing strategic direction and integration of non-academic and operational functions for the graduate management programs, including the financial management of all budgets and a staff of 24. Zola is also a member of the Massachusetts Bar.
An expert in the business of sports, sports law, the transition from college to professional sports, and college athletics reform, Zola has contributed to various academic and media outlets including the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal and the Harvard Journal of Sports & Entertainment Law. He contributes regularly to The Huffington Post and The Sports Law Blog and is frequently invited as a panelist and lecturer across the nation on these topics. Most recently, Zola presented on the state of NCAA athletics before the House Energy & Commerce and the House Education & Workforce Congressional Committees. Zola currently teaches "Sports Law" and "The Business of Sports."
Zola was formally appointed as the inaugural Chair of the University’s Professional Sports Counseling Panel in 2005, having served informally in that capacity for over a decade. [See article.] He advises student-athletes pursuing career opportunities in professional athletics—particularly the football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, men’s soccer, and men’s ice hockey teams. In this role he also often serves as the University’s primary liaison with professional sports leagues and their players’ associations.
- Transitioning to the NBA: Advocating on Behalf of Student-Athletes for NCAA Rule Changes, Harvard Journal of Sports & Entertainment Law, Volume 3, Number 1 (2012).
- Going Pro in Sports: Improving Guidance for Student-Athletes in a Complicated Legal and Regulatory Framework, 28 Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal 553 (2011).
- Contributed a chapter titled “Understanding the College-to-NFL Transition: The (Cautionary) Tale of Mike Williams” in Sports for Dorks: College Football (2011).